Concurrent Enrollment

Recently Admitted to Youth Options?

CLICK HERE to RSVP for Orientation

Are you a current high school student who is interested in taking courses for college credit? If so, UWM offers three different programs that may interest you. Below is an outline of each program:

Youth Options
Youth Options is our most popular program. This program is designed for Wisconsin public High School Juniors and Seniors and is offered during the fall and spring semesters. For more detailed program information please see the Youth Options section below.
Course Options
Course Options offered year round for any aged Wisconsin public high school student. For more detailed program information please see the Course Options section below.
High School Special
The High School Special program is open to any high school student, including home-school students. For more detailed program information please see the High School Special section below.

Admission Standards:

All three programs require the same standards for admission into their respective program.

  • Students must have a 3.5 GPA in their desired area of study and/or overall GPA. Students who are near this requirement may still be admitted, but must receive departmental approval.
  • Students must be on track to meet UWM’s general admission requirements in regards to course completion. Please see the chart below to see the specific course requirements.

Please send all documents to:
UW-Milwaukee Admissions
Attn: Youth Options
PO Box 749
Milwaukee, WI 53201

Course Offerings
  • Please follow a this link to see a list of courses offered at UWM.
  • Before being admitted to any program, students must identify which course they are hoping to enroll in. Nearly every course is open to students in these programs. However, students much meet course prerequisites to be granted access to the course just as any full-time student.
  • Students may be admitted to the program but not be approved for all of their courses. Because of this we recommend students list a few courses on their high school approval form. Some common reasons for not being approved for courses after admission are listed below.
  • Courses may not be approved by the department if there is a lack of space in the course. This is very common for American Sign Language courses and Nursing 101. Students who are interested in enrolling in these courses are encouraged to seek approve to a few back-up courses.
  • Students who are hoping to take Math and English courses as well as some Chemistry, Physics and Foreign language courses will have to take the UWM placement exams. Students may not be approved for courses because they did not meet the necessary score on their exam.
Youth Options
  • Who is eligible to apply: Junior and Senior Wisconsin public high school students
  • Cost: 100% of tuition, fees and books are covered by the sponsoring school district. Students have the option of purchasing a $10 student ID.
  • Availability: Fall and Spring semesters
  • How to Apply; We need four pieces of information for every Youth Options applicant:
  1. You must get your high school district’s approval. Please submit this form to your high school before their scheduled deadline (below)
  2. Submit an Application to UWM here apply.wisconsin.edu
  3. Send an official high school transcript
  4. Submit a list of high school courses you will be taking next semester

Important Deadlines: There are various deadlines for this program; some are set by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, and others are set by UW-Milwaukee. Students should aim to submit all application materials before the UWM priority deadline to ensure their best chance of enrolling in their desired class(es).

Classes start Fall Semester Classes start Spring Semester
 DPI Form Due to School District March 1st October 1st
 UWM Priority Deadline May 1st December 1st
 UWM Final Deadline August 1st December 15th

If UWM deadline lands on a weekend, the deadline will be the following Monday.

Course Options
  • Who is eligible to apply: Any Wisconsin public high school student
  • Cost: 25% of the cost of tuition and fees is to be covered by the student/family, 50% is covered by the high school district, and the remaining 25% is covered by UWM. No financial aid is available for the Course Options program. Books and Student ID’s are covered 100% by the sponsoring school district.
  • Availability: All academic terms, including summer.
  • How to apply; We need four pieces of information for every Course Options applicant.
  1. You must get your high school district’s approval. Please submit this form to your high school before their scheduled deadline (below)
  2. Submit an Application to UWM here apply.wisconsin.edu
  3. Send an official high school transcript
  4. Submit a list of high school courses you will be taking next semester

Important Deadlines: By law, completed Course Options forms need to be returned to UWM six weeks before the start of class. Course Options is unique in that it requires students to first bring their DPI form to UWM for approval, then bring it to their school district for approval, then resubmit it to UWM for final approval. Due to the time it may take UWM and school districts to approve these forms, it is suggested that students start the process as soon as possible. Please check schedule.uwm.edu to see when a specific class is scheduled to start.

High School Special

  • Who is eligible: Any high school student
  • Cost: The student/family is responsible for 100% of tuition, fees and books. No financial aid is available to high school special students
  • Availability: All academic terms, including summer.
  • How to apply; We need four pieces of information for every High School Special applicant.
  1. You must get your high school’s approval to take the course. This can come from a guidance counselor.
  2. Submit an Application to UWM here apply.wisconsin.edu
  3. Send an official high school transcript
  4. Submit a list of high school courses you will be taking next semester and what courses you intend to take at UWM

Important Deadlines: students should aim to submit all application materials before the UWM priority deadline to ensure their best chance of enrolling in their desired class(es).

Classes start Fall Semester Classes start Spring Semester
 UWM Priority Deadline May 1st December 1st
 UWM Final Deadline August 1st December 15th

If UWM deadline lands on a weekend, the deadline will be the following Monday. For Summer classes, please visit schedule.uwm.edu to determine the start date of the desired class(es). UWM must receive all required application materials two weeks prior to the scheduled start date of a class.

Contact us

Any questions can be directed to the Youth Options Coordinator, Kathleen Sipe. Please email youthoptions@uwm.edu or call 414-416-4364 to connect with Kathleen.